A RURAL watchdog is asking for help from Ashbourne’s mobile phone users in a bid to boost network coverage for rural communities.
The Countryside Alliance wants people download the free RootMetrics app and send back samples of the mobile phone signal where they are.
The app, which has already been widely used, reports back with samples of network signal strength and its user’s location.
Countryside Alliance executive chairman Barney White-Spunner, said: “We are delighted by the fantastic support we are getting for our campaign.
“It is very important that we can prove that some people living in the countryside are not getting a good deal from their phone service providers.
“The rates of phone coverage quoted by phone companies are a best case scenario.
“Once we have the true picture we can lobby Government and the phone companies to improve your phone service.”
Bill Moore, CEO and president of RootMetrics said: “We believe that mobile phone users on the same network and tariff should receive the same level of service and customer experience, regardless of location.
“We’re delighted to be able to help the Countryside Alliance highlight the issue of rural mobile phone coverage and performance in the UK. “
To take part, users can download the free RootMetrics app onto their smartphone or tablet and it will test the strength of their signal and automatically records the result.
Data gleaned from the apps, is available by visiting www.rootmetrics.co.uk